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Shocked and stunned (in a good way!) that our British tour has immediately sold out (though I hear there are a couple of tickets left in Newcastle !) Thanks, Folks, for a wonderful response. To celebrate - and offer a few more chances to see us before Christmas - we're adding one final extra show in Birmingham. OK, we have about 5 months to practise and develop our new show in the USA and Europe. By the time we get back home we should be quite good !
**Wed 12 Apr 17**
ROSES ARE RED, BLUEBELLS ARE BLUE ... Direct link
Roses are red, bluebells are blue ...
Except when they're WHITE.
And sometimes pink toooo.
Alfie Boe and Kathryn Jenkins romance in probably the greatest musical score since Tchaikovsky - Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL. See it in the next 5 weeks at the London Coliseum. YES !! It includes the exquisite song "IF I LOVED YOU" ! - A daring new arrangement of which you can find on our album GOLDEN DAYS - exquisitely sung by Kerry Ellis.
**Tue 11 Apr 17**
WANNA GET SERIOUSLY INTO PHOTOGAPHY ? Direct link
Wanna get SERIOUSLY into photography ? LOOK ! This is a great opportunity. Think about it.
PHRC De Montfort:
The Photographic History MA Programme now accepts applications for 2017/18 http://bit.ly/2oRebw5
I’m just gonna talk to you people at DMU and around DMU about why we crazy people love photography so much.
I’m just about to publish this book, which is “Queen in 3-D”, a collection of stereoscopic pictures, which I took over the last 40 years, at least and people who’ve seen this say “My God we feel like we’re there. We feel like we can experience this history with you”, and of course that’s what photography is about. So much of photography is about capturing the moment. There’s more to it than that, but for many of us, we capture those moments when our kids are first born, when they first take their steps. We capture our parents who are long gone now, perhaps. You know, we find a picture that may be faded but still shows our Mum or Dad the way we remember them.
And photography is a way of capturing moments but also because there’s so much you can say through a photograph.
So those of us who treasure these things still, and they still exist in the digital domain as well as the analog, think it’s worth taking time to pause and learn how to actually take photographs. I was going to say “stereo photographs” because that’s my passion, but all kinds of photographs, all kinds of representations of life as it is around us.
Photography for me is for the eyes what music is to the ears. It’s something to be treasured and studied and enjoyed, and put somewhere safe so that we have it all through our lives and can pass it onto our children.
That’s why we love photography.
BRIAN MAY | PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY MA | De Montfort University
Dr Brian May, friend of the Photographic History MA programme at De Montfort University, discusses
his passion for photographic history following the publication of his new book "Queen in 3D".
**Fri 07 Apr 17**
THE SETTING SUN - THE MOON TONIGHT ! Direct link
The setting Sun even imparts beauty to the forest of cranes that is 21st century London. My feeling is : Never pass up a good sunset - we only get offered a limited number of them in our lives.
Sunset from my Roof. For viewing using an OWL stereoscope - or freeviewing - or ... other.
The MOON TONIGHT ! They call it a Gibbous Moon - gibbous meaning any phase between half illuminated (which astronomers confusingly call 'First Quarter') and full moon. This is a Waxing Gibbous Moon - the waxing part meaning getting 'bigger' - or more illuminated - day by day. Notice the best detail is near the border between light and dark - the Terminator line. The rest of the moon's bright area is very flatly illuminated.
In rehearsal today - for our one-off adventure with Mr Michael Ball on Sunday. That's Dave Colquhoun - a great pal of mine and major guitarist - plays with that genius Rick Wakeman. Photo by Kerry Ellis who will be singing a bit !
When you work for a long time on a project and you put a lot of work in and a lot of the maximum creativity you can summon and a lot of belief and everything, and maybe the project can last years, there comes a point when it’s done and you sit back and you can see the result. Well this is a moment for me that I wanted to share with you.
About two years, or a little more, we were working on this album, which is now called “Golden Days”. It wasn’t called “Golden Days” in the beginning. It was going to be called “Anthems 2”, but we finished this just before Christmas actually, and there was a lot of processing. There’s dealing with the artwork for the cover and a booklet and everything - mastering the disc, but finally we have it and this is the moment where I first hold it in my hand, which is great. You know you never, I find, I never get over that excitement and I'm immensely proud of this, which I've worked on with Kerry for a very long time. We've been collaborating for close to 13 years, I think.
So this is the moment I would like to share with you, where I can actually unwrap this disc - and here we have "Golden Days". I should've got the scissors after all. Very tough these coverings - there we go. Here we go coming up here. Just bear with me a minute, okay.
(Whistles) Here we are - "Golden Days" the CD by me and Kerry Ellis, and it follows the "Anthems" album, which I produced for Kerry, but this is very much the two of us as you'll hear two voices in a sense and opening it up here we are. Here we have our little orb, which is repeated from the front cover. If anyone's interested in where this orb and this lighting design came from, have a look at a man called Georges de la Tour from many many centuries ago. Maybe you can see him here. This is his kind of way of depicting things where the energy and the light comes from and so the golden days, the golden liquid sunlight is coming from here and hopefully we are capturing it.
CD has everything on it, of course. I don't think many people buy these these days but we seem to have shipped quite a lot out which is great, and obviously you can download it as well, but there's nothing quite like holding this thing in your hand, it seems to me. Maybe I'm old-fashioned.
"Golden Days" is out two days from now - my Dad's birthday, 7th of April, so here we are, folks. "Golden Days" and it's 2017, I believe. Golden days indeed.
**Sat 01 Apr 17**
AMATEUR ASTRONOMY ROCKS !! Direct link
Amateur Astronomy rocks !!
On my roof right now. Just an iPhone 7 held up against the eyepiece of my Dobsonian scope - but just as the sun sets, the sky is still bright, and there's not too much contrast. So you can get lucky. How lucky are we to have a good-looking Moon ! To inspire shepherds, lovers and poets. Ah - and lots of Moon in June songwriters.
Closing in on a pretty Moon. A waxing crescent just 4 days old. At top, the Sea of Crises - Mare Crisium.
Well, my Dears, I've had a few ...
And here's a different kind of sphere. Maybe our magic crystal globe will bring us good fortune.…
Me introducing the bovine TB Symposium a few days ago at Imperial College. [28 March 2017]
Thrilled that all participated with open hearts and minds. And thrilled that there are already some results in terms of understanding. I believe we all took a step forward.